Brazil Outgoing President Supporters Attack Police Headquarters
Supporters of Brazil outgoing far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, tried to attack the headquarters of the federal police in Brasilia. Police said they set alight several vehicles and blocked a number of roads.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. Firefighters said five buses and eight cars had been set on fire. The president of the senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, said the “vandalism” had been caused by “an angry minority”.
Protesters Block Roads, Airports In Anger At New President In Peru
Police said the protesters “attempted to invade” the federal police building, where a Pro-Bolsonaro indigenous leader, José Acácio Serere Xavante was being held.
Supreme Court Justice Alexandre De Moraes had ordered that the indigenous leader be detained for 10 days for “alleged anti-democratic acts”. The outgoing president Bolsonaro was defeated in last month’s election by his left-wing rival, Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva, but some of his supporters refuse to recognise the president’s defeat.
Lula, who won the election run-off by a margin of 1.8 percentage points last month said in an emotional speech that democracy had won in spite of attempts by president Bolsonaro to discredit the electoral system.